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ASD and learning

ASD and learning
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Supporting students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across the curriculum.

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​Understanding ASD

Learn about key concepts and terms, key concerns and experiences of students with ASD.

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Consider how you value uniqueness and diversity in your classroom. 

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Strategies for action

Four key strategies to support students with ASD in their learning

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Identify needs and how to provide support

Get to know the student. Take an evidence-based approach to identify where they need support. Work in partnership with the student, their whānau, and those with expertise and experience.

Video hosted on Youtube http://youtu.be/MT33QhYfRb8

Matt Frost talks about his experience of autism and what worked well for him at school.

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Ask the student what will help

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    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Partner with whānau

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  3. ​Assessment and monitoring

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  4. Organisations, programmes, and resources

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Key areas to support

Communication, social interaction, positive behaviour and thinking are areas students with ASD may need some specific support. Explore recommended approaches.

People who know the details of my autism are usually more comfortable dealing with me. Also, the more information my teachers have, the more ideas they have to help me learn.

Student with ASD

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Support communication

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    • Video
    • Resources
  2. ​Foster social interaction

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    • Video
    • Resources
  3. Support positive behaviour

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    • Video
    • Resources
  4. ​Support self-management

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    • Resources

Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8

Approaches that are useful for students with ASD are often valuable for everyone.

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Linda Ojala uses a UDL approach to ensure her classroom is an effective learning space for a student with ASD.

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Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13

Approaches that are useful for students with ASD are often valuable for everyone.

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Look at your learning environment, including your teaching strategies, assessment processes, materials and the ways you construct learning tasks. Consider how it works for your students who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Key resources

Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD A resource for educators

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A resource for educators

Read time: 25 min

This booklet examines how autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can influence learning. It provides strategies teachers can use relating to key areas where students with
ASD may need support.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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In my shoes: An everyday look at Autism Spectrum Disorder

Information about a series of New Zealand DVDs and useful classroom exercises that provide a glimpse of what it’s like to be a student with ASD.

Publisher: In My Shoes

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New Zealand Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline

Read time: 535 min

This booklet has information for people with ASD, their families, health professionals, support service providers, and those involved in education. It covers diagnosis and treatment of ASD, supporting and teaching children and adults with ASD, employing people with ASD and living with ASD.

Publisher: Ministry of Health | Manatū Hauora

Autism spectrum disorder in Aotearoa New Zealand Promising practices and interesting issues

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Aotearoa New Zealand: Promising Practices and Interesting Issues

This book aims to help teachers and other education professionals provide for children and young people with ASD at all levels of education. Chapters include exploring specific strategies including video modelling, and social scripts.

Publisher: NZCER Press

Price: One off charge £44.95

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ASD in education

This site is for teams who support children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Contains research and evidence, practical tips and tools, learning opportunities, and links to other useful sources of information.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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